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PERSPECTIVE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 8-11

Electronic waste in India: Implications on health


1 Junior Resident, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Professor, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Baridalyne Nongkynrih
Professor of Community Medicine, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi – 110029
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2395-2113.251897

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Increase in production and consumption of electronic goods has resulted in a rapid rise in generation of electronic waste in India. It is the fifth largest producer of electronic waste in the world. Electronic waste is a mine of precious metals and also a sea of hazardous elements. Exposure to electronic waste has the potential to harm virtually any system of the human body. It can affect thyroid function, increased incidence of cancer, skin and lung diseases, damage to the central nervous system, kidney and bone. This paper provides an evidence-based insight into the status of electronic waste and its management in India, its effect on health, and possible control measures. Timely institution of control measures in this area shall prevent deleterious effects of this waste, and improve health of our people.


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